Game On! 3 Ways to Beat Event Stress

December 30, 2015 - By: Sarah Pease

Mary Poppins was onto something
when she sang, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun; you find the fun and snap! The job's a game.” Event professionals are constantly dealing with stressful situations. The problem is, many are not successfully managing
their personal stress levels in the process.
Jeannie Power, cofounder of
Power Event Group offers a few ways ways
gamification can help event professionals increase mental, emotional, and physical strength, while reducing their event stress.
Check it Off With endless to-do lists, there’s no greater satisfaction than checking off a completed task. By using a role playing game (RPG) like
Habitica (a free habit building and productivity app) you can treat real life like a game. Get motivated with in-game rewards and be inspired by a strong social network.
Get Moving Long days and distances come with the territory, so use that to your advantage. Nowadays, fitness trackers are the norm, so make a game out of the work. Record how many steps each participant takes at your event, share them on a leaderboard, and award prizes throughout the day as goals are met. Or use the
Charity Miles app to earn donations for your favorite charity.
Take Five Prioritizing, not multitasking is what helps you feel more productive. Try using the
Pomodoro Technique®, where you
work in 25 minute increments, followed by a short break to help reset your mind and body. After four cycles you earn a longer break. Two productivity apps that work in conjunction with this technique are
ClearFocus and
Focus Booster. Tell us in the comments how you using gaming to reduce stress.